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SKA Work Packages

During 2013, the SKA Organisation sent out requests to research organisations and commercial partners to participate in the analysis and design of the components of the SKA’s 3-year final detailed design phase. This request for proposals included a reference conceptual design of the telescope, a work breakdown structure, a statement of the work required and additional reference documents.

As with other projects of this magnitude, such as the development of the Large Hadron Collider or space programmes, the SKA is broken down into various elements, known as work packages that will form the final SKA telescope. Each work package element is managed by an international consortium comprising several world leading experts in their respective fields.

The strategic aim of the SKA Organisation is that the work undertaken within each of the consortia is focused on these specific elements of the SKA project and that their work will cover the entire final phase of the pre-construction period, with critical design reviews along the way.

The SKA Organisation will play a key role in the management of these teams around the world, ensuring that all of the elements integrate to form this unique telescope over the coming years. Each consortium has provided detailed management and verification plans, schedules, milestones and budgets for the various elements they will be working on.

The consortia responsible for each work package are listed as follows. Click on each to get more detailed information on each work package and the team responsible for its delivery.

Collaboration between the various teams will be a key part of their involvement, as there will be a huge requirement to ensure that the various elements interface seamlessly together, much like a jigsaw, but one that will be refined and iterate to a better solution as time progresses.

Technical descriptions for the Work Packages at a global level

Summaries of Technical Descriptions for each of the Work Packages are as follows: (PDF links)

Please refer to these technical documents for more detailed engineering and scientific information on the SKA Work Packages.